Tag: memoirs

An Interview with Sarah Smarsh, Author of HEARTLAND
By January 24, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

An Interview with Sarah Smarsh, Author of HEARTLAND

Annie Bostrom, Adult Books Associate Editor at Booklist, recently interviewed Sarah Smarsh about her book Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth​ (2018), the sixth Sarah Jessica Parker Pick for Book Club Central. In Heartland, Smarsh recalls her Kansas youth while compiling her families’ histories and turning a journalist’s eye on socioeconomic inequality in contemporary […]

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Nine Read-Alikes for HEARTLAND, a Memoir by Sarah Smarsh
By January 23, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Nine Read-Alikes for HEARTLAND, a Memoir by Sarah Smarsh

As a journalist, Sarah Smarsh, a “fifth-generation Kansas farm kid,” has reported on class, rural America, and economic inequality. In her memoir, Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, the first nonfiction SJP pick, Smarsh recalls her 1980s Midwestern upbringing and relays the stories of the family who […]

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2018 National Jewish Book Awards Announced

2018 National Jewish Book Awards Announced

The National Jewish Book Awards are North America’s longest-running awards program in the field of Jewish literature. Launched in 1950, they promote the reading of Jewish literature and inspire writers to continue its lasting legacy. Selected winners are listed below, linked to their Booklist reviews when available. The full list of winners and finalists can be found […]

A Transracial Adoption Reader
By January 9, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

A Transracial Adoption Reader

Now-adult adoptees who arrived in the United States from other countries are learning that their U.S. citizenship can’t be assumed. Two recent tragedies have highlighted the shocking realization: the May 2017 suicide of Phillip Clay, adopted at eight by a Philadelphia family and deported to Seoul 29 years later, and the November 2016 deportation of Adam […]

Beyond Books: Memoirs That Reckon with Death
By August 15, 2017 2 Comments Read More →

Beyond Books: Memoirs That Reckon with Death

Being part of the “sandwich generation” caught between aging parents and almost-adult children means that mortality begins to loom heavier as the years pass. Sharing the burden of tragedy with thoughtful, wise, and gentle others through books is certainly one of the most readily-available balms. For those moments you need a little guidance, here are […]